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Social Media and Less Salt Can Be Good for Your Heart

Turlock, CA- To celebrate American Heart Month throughout February, Emanuel Medical Center is using a multi-media strategy to share tips that promote a heart healthy lifestyle.

The tips themselves are simple and proven-they are recommendations from the American Heart Association. They include ideas like exercising 20 minutes a day, living tobacco free and losing weight by setting a goal and enlisting the help of a weight-loss buddy.

Heart Healthily eCards
In addition to heart healthy tips in local newspapers advertisements, Emanuel will use social media to promote heart health.  eCards are now available through the hospital's Facebook page for people to send to their friends and loved ones. The free eCards each contain a heart healthy tip and can be sent via facebook.com/emanuelmedctr.

"The Facebook cards are a fun way people can promote good heart health to their friends and family," said Pennie Rorex, Emanuel's assistant vice president of corporate communication and marketing. "The support of friends and family can really help someone as they make healthy changes in their life."

Daily eTips for Your Heart
Daily heart healthy tips are also available by mobile text messaging, Facebook and Twitter. 

Throughout American Heart Month, a heart healthy tip will be texted daily to subscribers of Emanuel's Mobile Health Digest.  To receive the daily tips, text "HEART" to 88788.  Standard text messaging rates apply. 

Tips will also be tweeted.  To receive daily heart health tips via Twitter, follow Emanuel at twitter.com/emanuelmedctr.  Or, receive the daily tips by "liking" Emanuel at facebook.com/emanuelmedctr.

Don't Eat Your Heart Out
For those interested in learning more about heart healthy nutrition, a free one-hour program is planned for Wednesday, February 23, from 3 to 4:00 p.m.  Registered Dietitian Barbara Masterson is the featured speaker.  The program will be held in the first floor conference room at the Emanuel Cancer Center, located at 880 E. Tuolumne, Turlock.  No pre-registration is required. 

Cardiovascular care is a priority at Emanuel Medical Center. The hospital opened its Cardiovascular Services Department in 2010, and has been investing heavily in state-of-the-art cardiovascular diagnostic and treatment technology, including its Cardiac Cath and Interventional Lab that opened in April.  In addition, the hospital has invested in an open heart surgical suite and open heart surgery will commence this spring.

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women's health services, surgery, and hospice services.

For more information, to search for a doctor by specialty or location, or for an online symptom-checker, visit www.emanuelmedicalcenter.org.


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